The Philadelphia 76ers have their work cut out for them this offseason. With almost no wiggle room, they will have to find ways to upgrade their roster after losing in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
Figuring out what to do with James Harden will be tricky. Trading Tobias Harris looks like a clear move to make, as the veteran forward is grossly overpaid. However, when you look into the situation, the harsh reality is that the Sixers are probably best keeping him.
The Sixers don’t have the assets to attach to him — they can’t trade any of their first-round draft picks until 2029 — so trying to find an upgrade will be very tricky. Simply offloading his contract won’t give the Sixers enough room to sign a max contract and any player they do get back will likely be a downgrade from Harris, who can still score and defend at a decent level.
The Sixers should try to move on from Harris but realize that there are other, clearer routes to upgrading the team. One route is using the contract of Danny Green, who suffered a torn ACL in the elimination game against the Heat. Philadelphia will most likely not have him available until late in the season and should look to add a player who can contribute immediately.
Although the Sixers should pursue the best players they can, such as Zach LaVine, they must also make changes around the margins. Here are three players that Philly could add using Green’s contract: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kelly Olynyk and Eric Gordon.
3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Philadelphia would send Danny Green, Isaiah Joe and their 2023 second-round pick to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.